Group Tours

"Horticulture and History" Tour

 

 

A tour is a great way to experience the beauty, diversity and historical significance of Reeves-Reed Arboretum.  The guided Horticulture and History tour includes seasonal bloom highlights, heirloom trees, historic garden areas, a visit the Colonial Revival home built in 1889 and the opportunity to view rotating exhibits and displays.  You may also visit the Louise Muncie Roehm Greenhouse.

 

Horticulture and History Tour Guidelines

 

Fee:  The fee for the Horticulture and History tour is $10 per person.  Minimum of 6 people is needed for tours, but can accommodate groups of up to 15 people.  Tours run for approximately 60 minutes.  Payment in full is due 2 weeks in advance.

 

Arrival Time:  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. We understand that it is difficult to foresee delays; however, if you arrive more than 30 minutes after your scheduled time, it may not be possible to accommodate your tour.  Please contact the Arboretum office at 908-273-8787 ext. 1010 if you are delayed more than 15 minutes.

 

Vehicle instructions:  Small occupancy vehicles should proceed to the parking lot located at the end of the driveway.  Large vehicles have difficulty navigating the Arboretum's internal roadway, parking lot and exit ramp.  It is recommended that motor coaches discharge their passengers at the pedestrian entry gate.  Please have your vehicle wait for you outside the arboretum property on Hobart Avenue.

 

Check-in procedures:  Tours depart from the entry patio adjacent to the Wisner House. Your tour guide will greet you there. In inclement weather, please meet your tour guide in the Library Lounge.  Please note that Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a smoke free facility.

 

Weather:  Tours are conducted rain or shine.  Historic gardens and plant collections are mainly outdoors.  Please dress appropriately.  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended if you would like to take advantage of all the Garden has to offer.

 

 Green Woods Gardens  

"A Day at Two Gardens" Tour

Visit two of New Jersey's premier historic public gardens, Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills and Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit.

These distinct estate gardens, located within 3.5 miles of each other, provide visitors with a glimpse into the stately life of families whose appreciation and love of the land flourished into a legacy.

Your day begins at 10:30am and winds down by 3:00pm.  This package includes 45 minute guided walking tours at each location, with time for lunch at one of the areas fine restaurants in between. The fee is $10 per person, payable to each location. Lunch is optional.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.  Its estate and gardens represent design trends by prominent landscape architects of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Calvert Vaux, a partner of Frederick Law Olmsted, designed the overall landscape plan in the sweeping "greensward" look. It was at this time that the first clusters of daffodils were planted. The collection now topping 40,000 is a major Arboretum attraction in April. The Azalea Garden, Herb Garden and Rose Garden with connecting Rock Pool Garden was an implementation of "garden room" landscaping, an emerging trend in country estates.  The Woodland and Wildflower Trails are enjoyed by explorers and hikers of all ages.

The Colonial Revival residence known as Wisner House and the beautifully manicured grounds provide a backdrop for seasonal art installations. The Library Lounge is home to the Arboretum's historical collection and garden library.

Greenwood Gardens is a contemporary garden rooted in the Arts & Crafts and Classical approaches to garden design, with Italianate garden terraces, grottoes, meandering moss-covered paths, allées of sycamore and spruces, ornamental trees and shrubs, and wildflower meadows, among other features, occupying over 28 acres.

Created in a gilded age and restored in light of today's best practices, Greenwood Gardens is an enclave of historic ornamental gardens. In the early decades of the last century, Joseph P. Day established the gardens as a private pleasure ground for his large family. The garden beds were full of lush annuals and perennials, and the landscape was punctuated by stone teahouses, pergolas, reflecting pools, grottoes, and terraces. Rookwood and Fulper tiles from the Arts & Crafts era provide colorful ornamentation throughout the gardens.

Greenwood Gardens is now one of 16 exceptional gardens in the country endorsed by the Garden Conservancy.

Pricing and Guidelines below!

A Day at Two Gardens Tour Guidelines

Fee: The fee for the "A Day at Two Gardens" tour is $10 per person at each garden. A minimum of 10 people is needed for tours. Tours run for approximately 45 minutes. Each location is payable separately upon arrival. Checks, credit cards and cash are accepted. Parking is complimentary. If your group is arriving by bus, please feel free to invite the bus driver to visit the gardens, at no charge.

Arrival Time: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. We understand that it is difficult to foresee delays; however, if you arrive more than 30 minutes after your scheduled time, it may not be possible to accommodate your tour. Please contact the Garden offices if you are delayed more than 15 minutes.

Vehicle instructions and check-in procedures at Reeves-Reed Arboretum: Small occupancy vehicles should proceed to the parking lot located at the end of the driveway. Large vehicles have difficulty navigating the Arboretum's internal roadway, parking lot and exit ramp. It is recommended that motor coaches discharge their passengers at the pedestrian entry gate. Please have your vehicle wait for you outside the arboretum property on Hobart Avenue. Tours depart from the entry patio adjacent to the Wisner House. Your tour guide will greet you there. In inclement weather, please meet your tour guide in the Library Lounge.  Please note that Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a smoke free facility.

Vehicle instructions and check-in procedures at Greenwood Gardens: When arriving at Greenwood, please follow the drive until you see a gatehouse and iron gates. This is the entrance to Greenwood Gardens. Please call to announce your arrival. Drive up to the visitor parking lot, and walk over to the Main house, (red brick building), where you will be greeted for your tour. In inclement weather, please meet your tour guide in the Library Lounge.

Weather: Tours are conducted rain or shine. Historic gardens and plant collections are mainly outdoors. Please dress appropriately. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended if you would like to take advantage of all the Gardens have to offer. 

Accessibility: While substantial garden areas are fully accessible, portions of the grounds may be difficult for individuals with disabilities or unsure footing. Benches and indoor areas are available for those wishing to sit out part of the tours. Please view the individual garden websites prior to your visit if you have any questions regarding accessibility.

Dining: Lunch is the perfect way to take a break between tours. You may enjoy lunch at one of many fine area eateries.

For more information or to schedule a group tour please contact Doreen Schindler at 908-273-8787 ext. 1010 or d.schindler@reeves-reedarboretum.org.

 

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